Illuminati Congo is a Chicago-based hip hop and reggae outfit. With three albums under their belt and a decade of performing their unique style of dynamic hip hop, Illuminati Congo continues to innovate and revolutionize.
Jahn Da Baptist was immersed in the Chicago streets from an early age, while simultaneously cultivating his wonder of the mystical realms. By virtue Jahn’s lyrical content is one of the most expansive and diverse in all of hip hop, and he has become one of its most charismatic, captivating and kinetic performers. Jahn is the driving force of Illuminati Congo.
With a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, Nic the Graduate has a wide ranging artistic background. From an early age Nic explored many instruments as well as analog and digital synthesis, engineering and production. Nic also excels as a DJ and musical ambassador in Chicago. Nic’s beats couple with Jahn’s bard like lyrics to form the power unit that is Illuminati Congo.
Illuminati Congo’s musical influences are classic reggae and classic rock, which feed the roots of synth-and-sampler driven hip hop and danceable, live band instrumentation. Their sound is reminiscent of artists such as Nas and Damian Marley with a hint of Gym Class Heroes. Instrumental solos and "dubs" are mixed throughout, giving the lyrics time to settle in and the rhythm to take hold. Riveting to the club seeker, and rift with launch pads for spiritual astral projection all at once, Illuminati Congo’s soundscapes are DNA-altering.
Illuminati Congo has been touring nationally and internationally for the past 5 years performing with reggae royalty, hip hop legends and Grammy Winners such as Lee “Scratch” Perry and Cee Knowledge the Doodlebug (Digable Planets), as well as Big youth, Anthony B, Jahdan Blakkamore (Major Lazer/Snoop Lion) and Lutan Fyah, KRS-One, Dead Prez, Del The Funky Homosapien, Shabazz Palaces and Freestyle Fellowship.
Jahn The Baptist is unlike any other rapper out there. He is able to utilize his mantra of “as above, so below” to formulate a refreshing unity of the higher self and lower self. His lyrics reflect both his practice of spirituality and his embrace of earthly, human desires.
His words are meant to appeal both to Yogis as well as the inner city Hood- with an authoritative demeanor that lets you know he is equally of both. Having studied and taught Kundalini Yoga and Rebirthing Breathwork as well as being an avid herbalist in the Rastafarian community, Jahns true goal is to heal. Heal the world of its ills through awareness of self and the practice of unconditional love. Hip hop is an art form that has the ability to communicate complex ideas to a potentially large audience, let it not go to waste!
Nic The Graduate has taken Jahn’s eclectic background and layered it with equally eclectic beats. As a Multi-instrumentalist, producer and dj for many years in Chicago, he is most attracted to music that elicits an emotional response.
Rather than just being impressed by songs that get the dance floor packed or stay in your head for hours, he is always more interested in music with a meaning- or soul. In producing the Illuminati Congo album, he has made it apparent that hip hop is truly a global style, combining traditionally heavy beats and bass lines with some unexpected twists and turns from other genres. In using a wide variety of live instruments and samplers The Graduate is able create a fusion that activates the soul as well as the dancing spirit.
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